Our Nantucket Dream: a gay bishop lectures us from the hot tub

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 07, 2003

Like me, [American Catholics] sense that the American experience is not appreciated in Rome, and that the Vatican's top-heavy, centralized mode of administration has proved impractical. Of late, liturgical issues have been the touchstone of such unrest. I sense a malaise, an unhappiness among the faithful and their clergy, a sense that they are expected to run a race, but with their hands and feet tied.

The author? Archbishop emeritus Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee, writing in Commonweal, August 15, 2003.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 08, 2003 5:31 PM ET USA

    I disagree, Crust. Weakland's voice is one we don't need to hear from - ever again. We heard more than enough from him here in Milwaukee for too long - to our detriment. I had hoped that he would fade away and never be heard from again. Of course, I had the same hope about Clinton. I should have known better!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 08, 2003 3:35 PM ET USA

    This has been no indication that Weakland has actually repented. The liturgical issues and the unhappiness among both clergy and laity Weakland had a large part in creating. He left an awful mess in Milwaukee, i.e., the 130 some priests for married priests. They obviously haven't done their homework. The married priests in the early Church as as early as 400AD, were required to be continent. Their wives had to consent and either entered convents or a group of women supported by the Church.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 08, 2003 8:28 AM ET USA

    Wow, did I misread what Catholic World Report is all about! Here I imagined I had uncovered a centrist Catholic news source with a thoughtful, sensitive, balanced perspective captive to neither ideologues of left or right. And then I read Sound Off....the nastyheadline, the hurtful and vindictive comments and perspectives. Why dismiss publicly repentant Rembert Weakland is out of hand? I believe his voice needs to be heard by both theological/cultural camps.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2003 10:01 PM ET USA

    Let's see: 1. Rembert Weakland brings his office to shameful disgrace and only steps down because of mandatory retirement. 2. He never thought that anything he ever did was wrong. 3. He still considers himself an authority on the office he disgraced. 4. He won't shut up but insists on staying in the limelight--not as if nothing ever happened, but that whatever happened is OK because, well, he's Rembert Weakland. He should move to New York and run for mayor.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2003 9:52 PM ET USA

    (Weakland is beginning to resemble a parody of a senior executive in the Dilbert series of cartoons.) I agree with you your ex-grace, about the lethargic Vatican hierarchy being slow to take out apostate bishops, and to not force them into monasteries with a perpetual vow of silence. Perhaps, after you've dried off, you could call them. Have your people get in touch with my people, and keep me posted.